Time Machine Backup External Drive Via Airport

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  1. Thread77 macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2008

    I currently have a USB hub connected to my airport router and have two external drives connected. One drive I am using as my Time Machine backup drive and the other I just purchased to store media (music,etc). If I plug my new drive into my Macbook Pro directly via USB it shows in Time Machine and I assume I can backup to it if I remove it from the 'do not backup' options. However, when the drive is plugged into airport Time Machine doesn't see it at all. Is there a way to have the two drives connected via airport and have Time Machine backup the new drive?

  2. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    If I am not mistaken Apple doesn't support hard drive connected through wireless but you can activate that by following this tip:

    http://www.macosxhints.com/comment.php?mode=view&cid=92090&query=Ethernet disk TimeMachine

    Here it is.
    There is a hidden system preference that needs to be change. This can be done by typing the following command in the Terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

    The drives should now appear in Time Machine
  3. Thread77 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2008
    Looks like that did the trick! When I go to time machine preferences it shows the right amount of info to be backed up including the new external drive. Thanks for your help!
  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Airport Extreme should not be a problem (though Apple doesnt support it but you wont require Terminal for that)

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